Sixth annual Celebration of Engagement highlights USI’s community partnerships

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University of Southern IndianaOutreach and Engagement will host its sixth annual Celebration of Engagement from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 26 in the Griffin Center on the USI campus. The event will be hosted by Community Engagement, a division of Outreach and Engagement. 
The Celebration of Engagement is a free event highlighting the University’s rich history of community partnerships. The USI mission states that community partnerships are at the core of our identity.  

This year’s program will highlight the collaborative learning, service and engagement opportunities with local, regional, state, national and global communities through our programs and partnerships with a question and answer panel.   

“USI’s Community Engagement programs not only offer great teaching, learning and service opportunities for our faculty and students, they also provide the public and community partners another way to interact with the University,” said Leslie Townsend, director of Community Engagement and Historic New Harmony. “I’m excited to share the wonderful things our staff members have been working on this past year and what is planned for the future.” 

In addition, the 2020 recipient of the M. Edward Jones Engagement Award will be announced at the reception. The M. Edward Jones Engagement Award was created to recognize an individual, group or project for excellence in leadership, commitment to quality, tireless service and dedication to lifelong learning in fulfilling the outreach mission of the University of Southern Indiana. 

RSVP for the Celebration of Engagement at

Community Engagement Panel 

Historic New Harmony
Docey Lewis, Artist and Cultural Entrepreneur, New Harmony Resident, Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation Board Member, Atheneum 40th Celebration Panelist
Interviewer: Claire Eagle, Community Engagement Manager of Historic New Harmony 
Historic Southern Indiana  
Laura Renwick, Community Preservation Specialist with Indiana Landmarks, Treasurer of Indiana’s Historic Pathways 
Interviewer: Leslie Townsend, Director of Community Engagement and Historic New Harmony   
New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art 
Bridget Eckerle ’20, Public Relations and Advertising and Art, 2019 James Sanders Gallery Fellow 
Interviewer: Tonya Lance, Senior Gallery Associate 
Service Learning
Dr. Kevin Celuch, Professor of Marketing, Blair Chair of Business Science 
Miranda Johnson ’20, Marketing 
Interviewer: Dr. Marie Pease, Associate Professor of Social Work, Director of Service Learning 

Founded in 1965, the University of Southern Indiana enrolls more than 10,700 dual credit, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in more than 130 areas of study. A public higher education institution, located on a beautiful 1,400-acre campus in Evansville, Indiana, USI offers programs through the College of Liberal Arts, Romain College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. USI is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged University and offers continuing education and special programs to more than 20,000 participants annually through Outreach and Engagement. USI is online at